04/07: Mexico preview, Alebrije, Brazos, Japan

CMLL (TUE) 04/07 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatio II & Trueno vs Caligula & Méssala
2) Fabian el Gitano, Flash, Tony Rivera vs Loco Max, Skandalo, Vangelis
3) Mascara Dorada vs Rey Cometa, Pegasso, Angel de Oro, Angel Azteca JR., Angel de Plata, Super Comando, Polvora, Inquisidor, Tiger Kid [cibernetico, CMLL SL]
4) La Mascara, Mistico, Sagrado vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis & Rey Bucanero [CMLL TAG]

Previews: ESTO, Ovaciones

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Haven’t done a poll in a while. Still not especially sure if this is winner take all or winner faces winner next week, but it’s the Super Liegro championship so I’m trying not to care. You could so easily come up with 10 more that I think that’s what happening but I’m not positive.

I haven’t written much about the tag title match. I think it could be fun, but it seems like a real stretch to build Sombra & Volador up only to have them lose in a title defense that only exists to do a special main event for a fan appreciation show. Rey & Atlantis would not be bad champions, but there are better ways to even do that.

Quite the jam packed lineup of tecnico high flyers.

Ovaciones reports Alebrije and Cuije are out of AAA. Everything you need to know about how the press feels about AAA in 2009 is summed up in this subheadline:

Something is happening within this group and we have no doubt that his departure has to do something Konnan.

Alebrije & Cuije haven’t been on TV since the 01/31 show in Chalco, though they’re still listed as working next Wednesday. Like everyone else who leaves AAA, they’re headed to IWRG. I kinda wonder what’s up with IWRG, because there’s no Thursday Naucalpan show, and there’s no Xochimilco Saturday show until the 25th.

Luchas 2000 #465 has the Brazos – el Brazo, Brazo de Plata, and Brazo de Oro – reunited (for the first time since maybe 1996? – that was the last CMLL teamup, anyway.) I think we can take this as soft confirmation that El Brazo is done in AAA, and I’m kinda surprised UWE hasn’t already announced the inevitable Brazos/Villanos trios match.

Note that cover also mentions Perros getting on TV in May, but doesn’t say where. Judging from the comments, it doesn’t say much more inside.

It’ll be Mistico and Misterioso II who head to NJPW this May for a couple shows. No title shot for Mistico quite yet, and no Dragon Rojo – which is probably for the best, because he’s probably not ready for this spotlight yet, and Misterioso is very deserving of the opportunity. Plus, it allows CMLL to just continue working thru the Hijo del Averno lineup (though they might he skipped to the last guy in the group.)

Matches are:
05/05 Korakuen Hall: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tiger Mask IV, Mistico vs Giant Bernard, Black Tiger V, Misterioso II
05/06 Korakuen Hall: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Mistico vs Hirooki Goto & Misterioso II

I could not be possibly be more for the idea of Mistico & Tanahashi teaming. Both shows are taped, the 5th for Samurai TV and the 6th for SXW. And, hey, if you’re uploading to matches to YouTube in a month, you ought to add a watermark to the video so we can all see when CMLL uses it on their TV shows.

This week’s Ras de Lona episode features the guys from the Japan/Mexico tour, among the usual half million other things. I think Leono mentions who he was before he was Leono (which explains the mask he was wearing on LATV), but I couldn’t make it out.

DJ Spectro has a three part (1 2 3) tribute to El Solitario, who passed away 23 years ago yesterday.

WagnerMania is helping out with an auction for Grond XXX, with a mask up for bid.

Kcidis previews Guerreros del Ring #185, including his cartoon.

As part of the Los Campeones de Lucha Libre in Atlanta two Tuesdays from now, there’s a free after party at a nearby bar.

El Universal does the What Is Lucha Libre article, framed around AAA’s LA show.

SuperLuchas has added Hector Garza gear to their store. Meanwhile, still no Artillero cap, but I may settle for an Atlantis one. (Well, I would if shipping wasn’t THIRTY FOUR DOLLARS, or the price of three hats.) This reminds me that someone asked me where they might buy a lucha libre lineup poster online; I didn’t know at the time, but now that I see one here, I can’t find that e-mail.

LuchaWorld has Robert on AULL 09/27/06, CMLL 12/01/07, and AAA 11/15/07, plus KrisZ’s news update.

04/05: GDL, Coliseo, links

CMLL (SUN) 04/05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [nohayfianza @ box y lucha, mt 4, 5]
4) Dos Caras Jr., Sagrado, Volador Jr. b Heavy Metal, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
5) Texano Jr. b Atlantis [NWA LH]

Texano Jr. defated Atlantis for the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship in Guadalajara last night. That’d the first singles title for Texano Jr., who also currently hold the Occidente (GDL) Tag Team Titles with Terrible. Add in his two fall hair victory over Maximo in the sasme building, and Texano’s the king of Guadalajara at the moment.

Match sounds completely clean. Texano got Atlantis with a submission in the first fall, Atlantis came back and won the second fall with a plancha, the third fall featured the usual spots (tapatia! caverneria!) and Texano snuck in a small package for teh win.

In the semifinal, Dos is back to being a jerk. His partners still managed to win the match despite Dos’ non participation, Volador getting Rey with a guillotine legdrop. The rudos invited him over to their side (wait, why would you want him if he’s not wrestling? rudos need better plans) but Dos also refused to make a decision. If this was real, I would hope the promoter would refuse to pay him.

CMLL (SUN) 04/05 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones]
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II b Caligula & Messala
2) Leono, Metalico, Tigre Blanco b Bronco III, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) La Seductora, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra b Lluvia, Marcela, Sahori
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Mascara Dorada b Ephesto, Felino, Lizmark Jr.
5) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Shocker DQ Averno, Mephisto, Ray Mendoza Jr.

Mendoza fouled Panther in the third fall for the DQ. Rosa Negra pinned Marcela, and off of all of that, they’ll be having a mask vs hair match next week. I’m thinking the barber can take the day off. I don’t want to be down on Rosa Negra, she’s seems good whenever I get to actually see here, but it’s kinda tough to believe someone’s going to win a big singles match when they have zero singles matches (meaningful or not) wins ever. I mean, here’s the complete list of “Rosa Negra” singles matches in the big CMLL arenas:

2007-07-08 Arena Coliseo 2) Marcela b Rosa Negra

You may be saying to yourself “how odd that they would have a non-stip women singles match in CMLL” and that is right, it would be odd – that’s a Toryumon Mexico match. These three weeks feuds, based all in trios matches, with someone dropping their hair or mask, continue to be anti-climatic and boring, whether they’re men or women involved. I hope the match is really good (if they give it time, it really should be) but I wish they’d find a better way of doing these.

Rosa Negra vs Marcela has a pretty good shot at beating Ultimo Guerrero vs Villano V, doesn’t it? If you could somehow transport both matches to a void of non-fan reaction (like last night’s WM main event?)

indy (SUN) 04/05 Arena Solidaridad [Proyeccion Luchistica]
1) Baby Fox, Sky, Turbina b Boomerang, Kokox Klan, Misionero
2) Black Demon, Mongol Chino Jr., Sexy Psicis b Axl, Burrito, Furor
3) Monje Negro II, Monje Negro III, Monje Negro Jr. b Centurion Negro, Karonte, Mongol Chino
4) Histeria, Maniaco, Psicosis II b Diluvio Negro I, Estrella Dorado Jr., Gato Volador
5) Antifaz del Norte, Hator, Super Porky b Aventurero, Diluvio Negro II, La Park

Porky replaced Blue Demon, who was said to be injuried on the ROH card (which could explain his ROH performance – or he could just be Blue Demon.) Antifaz and Park are tag team champs of some sort, but not after this match – Hator got away with a foul on Park while wearing Antifaz, then Park challenged Antifaz to find a partner and he’d find a partner and they’d have a match.

Speaking of ROH, Night 2 results were:
– Kevin Steen, Jay Briscoe, Magno, Generico b Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, Incognito, Dave Richards
– Brent Albright b Claudio Castagnoli & Blue Demon Jr.
– Roderick Strong b Alex Koslov

Reports live say Alex impressed, Magno & Incognito were okay, and Blue Demon was Blue Demon.

WagnerMania looks at the regulations of remasking and how well it’s enforced (spoiler: badly.) This gets me thinking about something I wanted to talk about yesterday:

El Fantasma publicly suspending Konnan and asking other commissioners to do it in their areas it very strange in retrospect. It’s not a surprise other commissions have chosen to ignore it; if we figured that might happen, Fantasma and company surely did as well. I don’t think the general public knew it was going to happen, though. I think the average fan sees the lucha libre commissions as more ineffectual, not using their power when they could, rather than actually powerless. The commissions can be a nuisance at most, and only if they really press, and acting like they can do more than that and being unable to deliver only destroys their illusion of having power. So why would they try this? Self delusion about their power and reach? Pressure from fellow wrestlers to do something, even just symbolic?

Al Filo del Ring has an interview with Dr. Wagner Jr., who’s so invested in working independents and AAA that he’s still complaining about not working in CMLL. They also talk to Angelico, who’s a South American who moved to Spain and wrestled in NWE before being brought to Mexico.

WagnerMania also has vied of Santo, Wagner, Park vs Damian 666, Mr. Aguila and Perro Aguayo Jr from Arena Neza.

SuperLucha notes the 66th Anniversary of the opening of Arena Coliseo.

The Gladiatores looks around Gimnasio Latinoamericano, where both Skayde and Gran Apache teach their classes (and was been show on AAA TV during the Apache bits.)

Hablando de Catch looks at Veneno’s real job of making masks, boots, and gear. Did you know there’s a Veneno blog? I don’t know how I missed out on that.

Box Y Lucha has the trios champions retaining the titles.

Ohtani’s Jacket looks back at El Signo vs Villano V

04/05: Chicago, Lopez Mateos

So I was at

indy (SUN) 04/05 Union League Boys and Girls Club
1) Emperador Azteca (Chicago) & Venom b Guardian & Pinocho
2) Samurai (Chicago) & Tigre (Chicago) b Payaso Blanco & Payaso Negro
3) Angel de La Muerte & Bazooka b Electron & Panthleon
4) Guerrerito del Futuro & Pierrothito DQ Mascarita Dorada & Rey Fuego
5) Aguila de America, Infernal, Yakuza (Chicago) DQ Pantera, Rey Makawi, Super Muneco

I think I struck out on Venom’s twice on twitter, despite him wearing a Venom shirt. I dunno, this is why I should be banned from live results.

Finish to the semimain was Pierrothito fouling Dorada, then faking his own foul with the ref down. Ref recovers, checks both guys, polls the crowd, and gives it to the rudo because he’s a rudo ref.

Finish to the main was Aguila fouling Muneco, then faking his own foul with the ref down. Ref recovers, checks both guys, polls the crowd, and gives it to the rudo because he’s a rudo ref. (but this was different, because they also did the ten second ‘one fall mask match’ bit too, not that half the crowd stuck around for it.)

Dorada was really good, though this was not Arena Mexico and we were only getting one rotation on the spinning armdrag into the spinning headscissors bit. His match was clearly the best match. Second match probably is ahead of the main event (Pantera did the headstands, not much else, not a surprise with that crew). Finish of that second match was Samuari doing a 450 onto one clown while Tigre did a splash onto the other one. Could’ve been a frog splash, was payign attention more to the guy doing the big spin, and turned the other way to see one of Tigre’s arms turned in an very unnatural direction. If I remember right, there was something very similar that happened to Eddie Guerrero when he was in WWE – elbow hit badly on a frog splash and hyper extended or whatever. Very ugly and very painful; hopefully not as serious as it seemed.

Everyone was over it like five minutes later. Crowd seemed into the show but the last finish and the length were both a bit much.

…and then I drove home thru a sleet/ice/snow blizzard and am a dead man typing. That’s the excuse I’m using today for screwing up, have to come up with a new one tomorrow.

AAA (SAT) 04/04 Arena Lopez Mateos [DJ Spectro, LuchandoLibre]
1) ?? & Rey Vikingo b ? & Batman
2) La Parkita & Mini Charly Manson b Mini Chessman & Mini Psicosis
3) Krimen, Sepulturero I, Terry 2000 b Robin Maravilla, Sadico, Yakuza
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Silver King DQ Konnan & Zorro
5) Alan Stone, Chris Stone, El Elegido b Cuervo, Escoria, Ultimo Gladiador

Wagner and company worked semimain because Wagner had another show to get to. Ultimo Gladiador worked with the Dark Family because someone booked Ozz here and in California at the same time. Full house or close to it.

As DJ Spectro predicts on another post, the request by the DF commission for all commission to suspend Konnan has fallen on deaf ears. Remind me to talk about this at a time I’m not dead tired.

Dr. Lucha has his recap of the San Diego AAA show over on f4wonline…

Still, the major star of the show, Jesus Escobedo owes me $59 for last night, for wasting 21 minutes and 43 seconds of my life like that. I have been watching wrestling since late 1963-early 1964, almost every weekend since 1966; and, I have been watching lucha libre since 1983, full-time since 1989 – last night’s “performance” by La Parka was the single poorest effort I can ever recall seeing. Until the final minute of the match, when he a) took the ginger-est body-slam since late-1990’s Giant Baba, and b) did a pescado onto two Clowns who gingerly caught up and laid him on the ground, he moved almost 100% less than the non-human animatronic statues at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

(Still possibly more than Super Muneco.) Haven’t seen Las Vegas results, but I’d assume they’re the same as this show at this point.

Universal has a random seeming interview with Goddess, who’s talking about returning as a ruda.

Black Tiger IV was unmasked as Rocky Romero; I know, I’m shocked. They’re already moving on (or back to) Black Tiger V, so I don’t know if Romero’s finished up in NJPW or if they’re just using him occasionally (like not on the tours with CMLL?)

The Gladiatores has an interview with Gran Apache that I really need to listen to when I’m not passing out. Or someone can sum it up for me?

Mr. Reyes has more photos of the Pierroth benefit show. DJ Spectro has more on teh CMLL Friday night GDL show.

Argentina’s Pagina 12 has a good article about the different styles of wrestling in the country, as the influence of WWE TV meets the history of 100% lucha and more traditional lucha libre.

SuperLuchas #309 has the return of Gigante Warrior.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, plus Robert on 10/28 & 11/11/07 GDL and 11/24/07 CMLL.

LINEUPS

CMLL (MON) 04/06 Arena Puebla
1) Blue Center & SWAT vs Policeman & Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Centella de Oro, Sensei, Starman vs Espiritu Maligno, Inquisidor, Polvora
3) Metro, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skandalo
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Sagrado vs Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker vs Ray Mendoza Jr., Terrible, Texano Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 04/07 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatio II & Trueno vs Caligula & Méssala
2) Fabian el Gitano, Flash, Tony Rivera vs Loco Max, Skandalo, Vangelis
3) Mascara Dorada vs Rey Cometa, Pegasso, Angel de Oro, Angel Azteca JR., Super Comando, Polvora, Inquisidor, Tiger Kid [ciber, CMLL SL]
4) La Mascara, Mistico, Sagrado vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis & Rey Bucanero [CMLL TAG]

CMLL’s page makes it sound like this is just part 1 – either the final two face next week, or there’s a second torneo next week (so Virus can win that…)

indy (WED) 04/08 Unidad Deportivo Acapulco
1) Cosmico & La Parktia vs Mr. Aguilita & Pequeño Halloween
2) Juventud Guerrera, Kunami, Super Nova vs Histeria, Psicosis II, X-Fly
3) Intocable, Olimpico, Super Crazy vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo Del Santo vs Cibernetico & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

A local article about this show decries two big shows being run in the same town in the same week, though it doesn’t offer any detail about non-Perro show. There’s 100% chance it’s a CMLL show, righ?

CMLL (FRI) 04/10 Arena Mexico
1) Tigre Blanco & Tony Rivera vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Sahori vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Sujei
3) Metalico vs Hooligan [lightning]
4) Mascara Dorada, Metro, Valiente vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
5) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Maximo vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
6) Dos Caras Jr., Hector Garza, La Mascara vs Averno, Mephisto, Terrible

Least interesting card of the CMLL DF week? You’ll note Maximo is still booked like normal (better than normal, actually) despite telling Reforma he was out of here. I guess we get an answer by Friday.

CMLL (SUN) 04/12 Arena Mexico
1) Sensei, Sombra de Plata, Trueno vs Cholo, Ramstein, Semental
2) Leono, Metalico, Molotov vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Hooligan
3) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) Dos Caras Jr., Maximo, Shocker vs Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Ultimo Guerrero
5) Mistico vs Negro Casas [CMLL WELTER]

Third straight week for that main event in one major place or another – and if you paid to see it at Dos Leyendas, you’re kinda of a sucker now, since this is fan apperciation prices.

IWRG (SUN) 04/12 Arena Naucalapn
1) Gizmo vs Comando Negro
2) Azoka & Daga vs Carta Brava Jr. & Chico del Barrio
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Capitan Muerte, Testuya Bushi, Xiblaba
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II
5) Angelico, Fuerza Guerrera, Super Porky vs Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Negro Navarrro, Veneno

Angelico must be a Negro Navarro trainee, based on this booking and an NWA Mexico one next week. This is the only IWRG show of the week SuperLuchas has listed.

04/04: Mexico, GP, IWRG, Pierroth

Edit: updated 1pm

CMLL (FRI) 04/03 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, superluchas]
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Starman b Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Sahori b Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Blanca
3) Valiente b Virus [lightning]
4) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr. DQ Ephesto, Lizmark Jr., Mephisto
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara b Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca [CMLL TRIOS]
6) Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr. b Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker

I’ll update full results later (plus events). All I have right now is Ovaciones on the 4th/5th

Tecnicos won the main event clean.

In the title match, rudos took the first, but the champs rallied for the second and third, ending with triple submissions (Garza and Mascara campanas on Misterioso and Sangre and Fantasma armbar on Dragon)

Tecnicos took the third match in straight falls, Mephisto fouling Volador in the second.

CMLL (FRI) 04/03 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
3) Magnifica b Lluvia, La Seductora, Estrella Magica, Princesa Sujei, Atenea, Coral, Silueta [cibernetico, mask]
4) Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero b Villano IV & Villano V
5) Negro Casas b Mistico

Magnifica lost her mask to Lluvia. As everyone knew, she’s Gran Cochise’s daughter, Tamara Rubi Barron Garcia, with one year as a professional wrestler. MT says the cibernetico went 40 minutes, which I hopes includes introduction and twenty minute intermission.

indy (THU) 04/02 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon
4) Ultimo Guerrero b Villano V [CMLL HEAVY]

Two short falls and tons of interference by the (local) seconds during the third. Both the show report and separate commentary are very negative on the show.

IWRG (THU) 04/02 Arena Naucalpan [Proyeccion Luchistica]
1) Eragon & Mascara Magnifica b Avisman & Comando Negro
2) Capitan Muerte & Jack b Azoka & Hijo del Signo
3) Arlequin & Arlequin Verde b Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG) & Pierroth II
4) Freelance, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II b Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura and Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro and Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro

Azoka is said to be Japanese; AJPW missing someone?

Pierroth (FRI) 04/03 Arena Azteca Budokan [Proyeccion Luchistica]
1) Comando X, Dr. Markus, Gitano, Majestik b Artillero, Mixteco Jr., Pillo, Super Brozo
2) Aguila del America, Caricia, Mascara Magnifica, Xcalibur b Cara de Guerra, Comando Delta, Comando Z, Path Finder
3) Marco Rivera, Star Boy, Tony Rivera b Anticristo, Belcebu, Victor Doom
4) Bugambilia, Platino, Ricky Flores, Ultraman Jr. b Belcebu, Gran Markus, Jaque Mate Jr., Veneno
5) Enrique Vera, Huracan Ramirez, Mascara Sagrada, Super Brazo b Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Pierroth II

No Dr. Wagner?

Superluchas revesals Kato Kung Lee has been diagnosis with cancer. SuperLuchas also has the interview with Juvi that’s going around (I like how he threatens to do press conferences if AAA doesn’t pay his bill – how is that different from what he’s doing now?) and Blue Demon on his ROH appearances. Might as do results from last night

– Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, Incognito b Jay Briscoe, Kevin Steen, Magno
– Claudio Castagnoli b Brent Albright and Blue Demon Jr. and Generico
– American Dragon b Alex Koslov

Denver’s Decider writes about a FMLL card there featuring LA Park, Rey Misterio (Sr.), Mascara Sagrada and Tinieblas.

AAA looks back at TripleMania II in two parts.

ESPNDeportes looks at Dr. Wagner Jr. and Silver King in AAA.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches Signo, Negro Navarro y Black Power vs. Solar, Fantasma y Psicodelico, early 90s.

LuchaWorld has Robert on CMLL 11/17/07 and AAA 11/11/07.

idea for making CMLL work better

You think the recaps are backlogged? I’ve had most of this article sitting around waiting to post for near four months now…

This is not exceedingly thought out well, but some of it’s been tossing in my head for a while and I might as well get it out. It’s not really a Push X and stop Pushing Y deal, or yet another iteration of “hey, it’s 2009, sell your stuff on the internet, you goofballs”, it’s more general scheduling ideas.

* Change the name of Reyes de Aire. It’s kind of generic, “Rey” is an AAA term and it should be put on the same level as the other annual tournaments if it’s going to be annual event. Someone can be Rey de Aires if they win, but I’ve got a better idea for the name of the match. CMLL has a Leyenda de Plata for Santo, a Leyenda de Azul for Demon, why not a Leyenda de Sombra for Black Shadow? It’s that three man feud which made mask matches in Mexico; Black Shadow losing his mask to El Santo is the most important match in lucha libre history, but Shadow’s contribution gets overlooked because he lost and Demon was the one forever looking for revenge. It doesn’t happen if Shadow doesn’t lose his mask.

Shadow’s name isn’t being forced on here either; he’s considered the father of high flying lucha libre. He didn’t create the tope, but he made them famous, and the guys on TV are doing the same. Thanks to TV coming at around the same time, Shadow got popular after his mask loss due to his spectacular style, which is what the current Reyes de Aire tournament is about. It’s a perfect fit.

* Bring more than just the discounted tickets to Puebla and GDL. One of the few interesting part of lucha libre at this time of year during late December is reading about all the Lagureno guys who go back home and wrestle on local cards during the holidays. The intermixing between big TV stars and local heroes must be fun to watch and, in the long run, it doesn’t hurt the national guy if he loses a match to a local guy. El Tackle beating Misterioso in a cibernetico at AOL doesn’t really hurt Misterioso in DF, but it makes Tackle seem a bigger star in Gomez Palacio.

To some extent, they do intermix talent in Guadalajara and even the lesser CMLL guys may end up facing the Puebla guys, but the message is always that the best of the locals are not stars and can not beat even lowly DF regulars. Why not change the message for a couple nights a year by importing some Mexico City concepts? CMLL could run local variants of Gran Prixes (Guadalajara vs the World, with CMLL GDL wrestlers going home to represent their city) and Gran Alternativas (CMLL DF wrestler paired with a local wrestler; maybe the winning local gets a DF match) to give the fans different looking matches a couple times a year.

* Focus various championships on different days: CMLL, at last count, has 17 18 different championships in play. Yet, between the erratic patterns of defenses and number of regular locations, the same audience is going long stretches between seeming defended, making them seem even more interchangeable and meaningless.

If CMLL can’t get rid of one, two, or a dozen (and apparently they can’t), maybe they can be more effective by tying them them a regular location or date of the week. Assign all the titles a base show where they’re defended (say, NWA Light Heavyweight belongs to Sunday Guadalajara shows, or the Mexican Middleweight title is for Tuesday Mexico City shows); they don’t have to only be defended on those shows, and you can do whatever title matches you want for Fridays because that’s the show that matters, but the attempt is to do 3-4 different title defenses on the show. Over time, those title defenses would start to mean something more than the 2-3 week build for them, because the previous defenses would be more real than reading a line about in the paper, more meaningful than a random fact tossed off during commentary.

04/17 AAA TV Lineup (Tepic)

Updated 04/14

AAA TV (FRI) 04/17 Tepic Nayarit [mariotepicense @ el Martinete]
1) Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata, Ultimo Gladiador vs Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown
2) Super Fly vs Laredo Kid [AAA CRUISER, torneo]
3) Alex Koslov vs Rocky Romero [AAA CRUISER, torneo]
4) Kenzo Suzuki, Oriental, Zorro vs Charly Manson, El Elegido, X-Pac
5) La Parka Jr. & Marco Corleone vs Electro Shock & Silver King
6) Mesias & Vampiro vs Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#886) – note, this bumps Aguascalientes back one
Mexico: 05/03
US: 05/23

Huh. AAA did not mention a taping here, but 20 days is a long way to between tapings. Though they have the taped shows to last that. This seems pretty correct, anyway, though it does change a couple of things.

Dr. Wagner’s first AAA appearance will be with a Parka, and against Silver King. This will quickly answer any questions about how those relationships are supposed to work in AAA. Early guess is it’s a recipe for a long, painful night for Parka,

Oriental in the fourth match! AAA is just so much different since Rey de Reyes. Actually, if the Guapos were still feuding with Elegido, you’d figure to see one of them there, so…

Rocky’s in Juvi’s spot, which is no big surprise. Looking back at it now – how did Chris Stone not get in Escoria’s spot? They held back from doing the fakest random draw ever, that must’ve been tough. Both this matches should be interesting.

There was a line in a recent Observer about AAA liking this trio of Gato/Pimpi/Gladiador after their match in Monterrey and maybe doing more stuff with them. I guess this is more stuff!

04/03: SL brought back, Mexico,

Remind me never to lose to Honduras.

Ovaciones not only previews tonight’s show, but mentions next Tueday’s Fan Appreciation show is two championship night. Not only will CMLL have the tag titles on the line (Volador/Sombra vs Atlantis/Rey), but the Super Light title – last seen in Arena Mexico in 2004 – will back in play. Ovaciones lists the former champion as “Ricky Romero”. The new champion will be determined in a “Reyes de Aires style torneo”, and we’ve even got the participants:

– Angel de Oro
– Polvora
– Angel de Plata
– Inquisidor
– Rey Cometa
– Super Comando
– Pegasso
– Tiger Kid
– Masacara Dorada
– Angel Azteca Jr.

That’s 10, which is a little bit less than you’d expect for this time. I also wonder this might be a ‘two finalist meet next week’ deal; it’s not said, but that’s the usual for these type of things. It’s also a whole bunch of match 1/2 guys, with Mascara Dorada sticking out as being above the level and an obvious favorite. Kinda hope he doesn’t win; it’d be fun to have a Rey de Novatos title, to go along with the Arena Coliseo Tag Titles, and Dorada would be feuding with Virus and Felino instead (which wouldn’t be so bad either.) All I know is next weekend’s Cadena3 is the most interesting TV of the month.

Moving back to things that are happening today:

CMLL (FRI) 04/03 Arena Mexico
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Starman vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Blanca
3) Valiente vs Virus [lightning]
4) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Lizmark Jr., Mephisto
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca [CMLL TRIOS]
6) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker vs Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Other previews: Notimex, ESTO

Regardless of the order, the trios title match is the main event here. It’d be strange to have two guys be trios champions with two different partners, but I don’t know if CMLL is really concerned about such things. Or, they could always have Poder Mexica just use a win here as an excuse to get out of being partners with Warrior if that’s a concern. The champs are the favorites, but not total ones.

The former trios champs are teaming in the fourth match, which could be a fun exhibition of spots. Valiente hasn’t been highlights in Mexico City much lately, so I hope this works out well for him. It’s Virus, it should be. The main event seems like a main event just to do a main event, which gives 50% chance of setting up a random angle.

Meanwhile, another portion of the CMLL crew is in Guadalajara for another Coliseo anniversary celebration. Big matches are rematches from Dos Leyendas: Mistico vs Negro (non-title), and Atlantis/UG vs V4/V5, plus a women’s cibernetico with the loser losing their masks. Sujei is really the only regular involved, so no one may know the difference.

The special CMLL GDL show is happening because, just like every time CMLL runs a special show in GDL, the Perros are running elsewhere in Guadalajara (at the University.) Main event is Santo/Rayo vs Wagner/Perro, which sounds like it should draw pretty well. There’s also the Pierroth benefit show in Arena Azteca Budokan, which has gotten decent press.

SuperLuchas will have a raffle to pay Kato Kung Lee’s medical bills. First prize gets you dinner with Santo & Demon and masks, plus lots more. Tickets are expected to be 1000 Mexican pesos ($72.63 US)

The Gladiatores has a interview with Psicosis and Histeria about leaving AAA and working for EAW (and a bunch other places.) Sounds like they, like others, blame the foriegn guys for taking their spots.

Mike Lano has an article on Slam about the San Jose AAA show.. No results from last night’s Las Vegas taping yet, but AAA has announced the Aguascalientes will be on April 30th, Kid’s Day. I can only imagine what AAA would plan for Kid’s Day in 2009. Between the Kid’s Day stuff and the Lucha Libre Expo, that’s going to be a busy stretch of time.

AAA looks back TripleMania III.

DJ Spectro defends Mil Mascaras.

Ohtnai’s Jacket raves about Valiente vs Rey Hechicero.

LuchaWorld has Robert on Arena Coliseo Monterry 05/13, 05/15/07 and CMLL TV 11/10/07, as well as KrisZ’s news.

Did SoloLuchas give up posting?

Lucha Listen-In Podcast #9

Cubs and I talk all the lucha news and results from Rey de Reyes, Dos Leyendas, Juvy’s record setting tenure in AAA and the Abismo Negro Death.

You can download the show here, find it more formats, or subscribe to our RSS feed for iTunes and other MP3 players. (Getting the show proper into iTunes store is my project for the weekend.)

04/02: Abismo Negro, Konnan suspended, GDL

I don’t know which story is the top story today.

– A woman has gone to the press claiming she was Abismo Negro’s secret lover, whom Abismo was going to marry if only for his wife guilting him into staying with her due to her cancer and the children. The Other Woman – América Sánchez – says the stress his wife caused Abismo led him directly to abusing drugs and alcohol. The article is just excerpts from an article in TVyNovelas magazine, coming out soon. In addition, the Cancun promoter suspended for falsely promoting Abismo Negro story got picked up by Notimex, so it’s all over the place now.

– Ovaciones says Konnan has been suspended by the DF Box Y Lucha commissioner for his part of the attack on Juvi. As the national head of the commission, all the other commissions are supposed to uphold this suspension, so Konnan is effectively prohibited from wrestling in Mexico.

AAA’s done an abysmal job handling this situation and Konnan is certainly done some wrong here. However, it feels like everyone coming out of the woodwork to take a shot at Konnan now that he’s given him an opening. There’s been no indication the commission actually talked to Konnan or AAA about their side of the story (with how busy they’ve both been, it seems unlikely), and are just going on Juvi’s side of the story. Jack Evans isn’t mentioned as being suspended, which highlights this as a personal issue about Konnan. People are either fiercely loyal to Konnan or hate him – not even always because of some thing between them, but because of the style of lucha libre he wants to present. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground, which leads to situations like this.

The silver lining here is Konnan should not be in the ring anyway, because he’s clearly broken down, and not going to get any better. Konnan and AAA really need to take Konnan out of the ring, but if they’re not going to do it, then at least someone else will. That’s assuming the other commissions enforce the suspension, which is no sure thing. Still wouldn’t book Konnan in a match for TripleMania (in Mexico City), but it certainly would be in character for them to challenge/ignore this.

At the same time, Juvi pictures just keep getting more dramatic. Juvi underwent nose surgery on Tuesday, which prevented him from meeting with AAA (not he was getting any response from them.) He can’t talk now, but plans to hold a press conference when he can. Fuerza Guerrera can talk, so he was on Tercera Caida to talk about the attack. Everyone seems to be pointing towards X-Pac as the person who instigated the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Konnan did an interview with a Las Vegas Review-Journal to promote tonight’s TV Taping (we think) in Las Vegas. Besides the usual Konnan bio – Konnan notes the difference between what he does and Al Pacino does is Pacino has a stunt man (couldn’t we get one for Konnan?) – the article says a percentage of merchandise sales are going to Abismo Negro’s family. Which is interesting, because they no one seemed to see a merchandise stand on the first leg of the US Tour. I guess a percentage of zero is still a percentage.

CMLL (TUE) 03/31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [mt]
5) Metal Blanco & Valiente b Mascara Magica & Satanico
6) Dos Caras Jr., La Mascara, Sagrado b Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca

Dos rolled up Sangre clean for the win. Tecnicos pulled the two fall upset in the semimain, which made Satanico sad/mad.

Atlantis and CMLL announced they’ll be hold the annual kids day show not on April 30th, but a day late as the May 1st Friday Arena Mexico show. Kids get in for 1 peso, and will be treated to a showing of Atlantis’ latest movie. This was all, a little bit strangely, announced as a PAN political party news conference

Ovaciones says CMLL’s Lucha Libre Expo show will include a tribute Satanico and Villano III. Yesterday, Ovaciones had a random two page story about Solar, which highlights his store.

(SuperLuchas) Gigante Warrior was apparently the mystery man for the UWE show earlier this week. Might be the same one for later this week.

Box Y Lucha has a whole bunch of articles from the previous edition, including the Pirata and Porky articles posted earlier
– Konnan rips Intocable as a rip off Latin Lover who’s never done anything except become arrogant.
Black Warrior says he’s not jumping to AAA or leaving CMLL, doesn’t say (and isn’t asked) why he’s not working in Arena Mexico, though he implies it’s just the schedule CMLL has him working at the moment.
Marco Corleone talks about his jump
– Villalobos trainee Grecia says she hopes to die in the ring. See, I would refuse to wrestle anyone who says such a silly thing.
Villano III talks about dealing with missing lugugge and bad flights.

Shocker is now selling his merchandise thru SuperLuchas.

YouTube Shooter Dr. Wagner Jr. is nicer to the commenters on lawagnermania today. WagnerMania also has video of Blue Panther vs Blue Demon Jr. and Stellar Moments from this past week’s CMLL show.

WrestleMania will be on PPV this year in Mexico. While I’m sure this means Justin.TV will be busy, I’m hoping it’s successful enough to encourage other companies to follow it. The story has always been not enough people in Mexico have PPV capabilities to make this work; this article says 600K will have access thru Cablevision (and no mention of SKY.)

The Tijuana lucha commission and sports authorities are sponsoring a series of low cost, small scale shows around Tijuana, with the idea to provide people something to do to avoid the gang violence. There will be weekly shows starting on April 12, culminating with a major show in the Auditorio on May 24.

The Gladiatores remembers Eddy Lopez and Dinamico I.

Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre will air as part of an Atlanta film festival on 04/21 and 04/22. (Thanks to RL)

Generico talks to DTU about wrestling for them at the Lucha Libre Expo.

El Sol de San Fernando has a longer version of the lucha libre against domestic violence show from a couple days ago.

Ohtani’s Jacket enjoyed Black Tiger, Blue Center, Tigre Rojo vs Espiritu Maligno, Mr. Rafaga, Toro Bill Sr. from 03/02 Puebla. Between OJ and an actual new DVDVR, I believe I will be the last person in the world to watch that match.

LuchaWorld has Robert on 10/18/07 AAA, and 10/26/07 AAA, plus KrisZ’s news update.

04/04 – 05 Lucha Times

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AAA-US: Last show before Rey de Reyes. Apaches/GATO! vs Billy/Morenos, Hermandad/MPs, HF2 vs Alex/X-Pac, Electro/Silver/Zorro vs Abismo/Charly/Parka, Chessman & Konnan vs Mesias

52MX: Women’s match and sorta-Hijos vs sorta-high flyers

LATV/FOX: Coliseo Tag champs vs Tuareg, maybe the minis lightning, more Mistico/Negro in trios.

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CMLL: Trios title match, Hijos vs Tecnicos, Sagrado/Sombra/Volador oddly in the tercera

AAA-MEX: Madero taping, so we’ve got the start of the cruiserweight tournament and the apparent end of the Vipers in AAA. Plus, the Aero/Fabi bit gets explained (the Rey de Reyes match didn’t air in Mexico), Parka/Corleone vs Konnan/Silver King and Charly/Mesias/X-Pac vs Chessman/Electro/Zorro

C3: top 4, including Shockercito vs Fire